Stroman takes 1st loss as Twins beat Blue Jays 7-2

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TORONTO (AP) - For the first time, Toronto Blue Jays rookie Marcus Stroman wound up on the wrong side.

The Minnesota Twins sent Stroman to his first loss in three starts since joining the rotation on May 31, beating the Blue Jays 7-2 Wednesday.

Stroman (3-1) allowed three runs and a season-high nine hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out four.

“Definitely didn’t have my best stuff,” Stroman said. “I was up in the zone a lot.”

Manager John Gibbons said Stroman gave the Blue Jays all he could despite pitching with flulike symptoms.

“He gutted it out,” Gibbons said.

Stroman surrendered his second home run and first since May 11 when Josh Willingham connected in the first as the Twins took a 2-0 lead in the opening inning for the third straight game.

“It was probably the worst pitch of the outing,” Stroman said. “One of those that was supposed to be buried but it just kind of hung up there.”

Toronto has allowed its opponent to open the scoring in seven consecutive games, losing four.

Trevor Plouffe made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly in the sixth and the Twins added three more in the seventh against reliever Bobby Korecky. A pair of infield singles and a walk loaded the bases before Kendrys Morales hit a three-run double.

Willingham capped it with an RBI single off Brett Cecil in the ninth.

Phil Hughes (7-2) allowed seven hits and walked none in seven shutout innings for his first win at Rogers Centre since July 17, 2011, when he played for the New York Yankees. The right-hander is 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA in his past 10 starts.

Hughes said he struggled with his command early, but the problem didn’t last.

“I felt like I kind of found myself in the third or fourth inning and was able to ride that through,” he said.

Kendrys Morales had three of Minnesota’s season-high 16 hits as the Twins improved to 5-2 against Toronto. Morales is 6 for 13 with three RBIs since making his Twins debut on Monday.

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